Two Lincoln County offenders sentenced to more than 30-years

Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney Leah Askey announced on Tuesday, Oct. 2, Charles Neubauer, 39, of Foley, was sentenced in the Circuit Court of Lincoln County by the Honorable Dan Dildine for two counts of Statutory Sodomy in the First Degree and one count of Statutory Sodomy in the Second Degree.

Neubauer received a 15-year sentence on each of the Statutory Sodomy First charges, to run concurrently, and seven years on the Second Degree Sodomy charge, also to run concurrently.

The charges arose out of events occurring as far back as 2007 and as recently as 2011. The victim and his family traveled from the State of Indiana to be present for the defendant’s earlier plea of guilty and for sentencing.

“The courage and perseverance of the victim led to the successful prosecution of this case. He saw it through and traveled to ensure justice was served. Hopefully, he will be able to move on with his life and put this traumatic experience behind him,” said Case Attorney, First Assistant PA, George Gundy.

Askey said she was pleased with the sentence Judge Dildine imposed in this case, despite the Defendant’s plea for probation.

“It is difficult to say what “justice” should be in a case like this. Anytime a child is involved, I am always hopeful for as much time as the Court will allow.” Askey said.

This case was prosecuted by First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney George Gundy with the assistance of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, including Detective Patrick Harney, who was the lead investigator.

Askey also announced that David Knudsen, 39, of Moscow Mills, has plead guilty and was sentenced for an assault on a Lincoln County woman and her 14-year-old daughter in 2010.

Dildine sentenced Knudsen to 15-years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for Assault in the First Degree and 15-years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for Domestic Assault in the Second Degree.

The charges arose from a Dec. 31, 2010, incident in which Knudsen severely assaulted his then-girlfriend and threatened to kill the victim’s 14-year-old daughter while holding her at knife point.

“I am glad to see this case come to end. We strive to gain closure for the victims as quickly as possible and these victims have been diligent and involved in the process,” said Assistant PA Therese Marchlewski.

Askey went on to say that it was a good week for sentencing in Lincoln County and hopefully a message is being sent to offenders that Lincoln County takes prosecution of these crimes seriously.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Therese Marchlewski. It was investigated by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Kevin Hunt was the lead investigator.

Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 2:20 pm